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Get Writing!!!

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MP900426540I’m here for your Monday Morning  Pep Talk!  You can’t be a Best Selling Author if you don’t put the words on the page!

Whether you are shooting for a 3,000 word count today or a 200 — Get to it!   You CAN finish that idea you have running around in your head if you let the idea flow out your fingers.  Turn your internet off, turn the data off on your phone, open up your document, and type SOMETHING.

Why, yes, I am bossy.  Thank you for noticing! 😀  Get writing!

Leave a comment with your word goal today and when you reach it come back and let us know.

NOW GET THOSE FINGERS  a’CLICKING

Need Motivation?  Here are some Writing Prompts

Here, Here and Here, and HERE.

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Writer’s Support Group

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For sometime now I have been tossing around creating a private group on Facebook for a few author friends.  Well, I did it this morning!  Yes, I belong to some very large groups that are great but I find the bigger the group, the bigger my inhibitions become about sharing my stuff.  I also get asked many questions on a weekly basis about starting a blog or getting published.  There is a wealth of knowledge out there on the net and learning this stuff doesn’t just happen over night.  It takes time.  Lots of time and the self-publishing industry is changing the face of publishing like we have never seen before and putting the power back in the author’s court.  We have so much more control now and it is an exciting time to be a writer!

With that being said, there are a lot of things that authors can lack in– a community!  This is important!!  As the saying goes, “Writing is a solitary art, but that doesn’t mean you have to be lonely.”

If you are a new writer, established, or you have fiddled around with writing a story and never finished, this group may be for you.

I created a group.  It is a private group.  It WILL be a helpful group.  It WILL be a respectful group.

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of then answer these three questions:

#1 Are you an aspiring writer of Fiction, Fantasy, or Sci-FY?

#2 Do you need a community to bounce ideas off of?

#3 Are you a Christian?  (Yes, I went there! 🙂 )

Tell me about yourself! If you leave a comment with your email I will send you an invite to this group.  Now to avoid the spammer bots that slink around the web when you type your email don’t place the .com or space out each letter and I will figure it out.  I will then comment that I sent you an invite so you can look for the invitation!

 

~~Neasha

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Free Advertising For Your Blog or Book…

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It does take a village! When I started my blog a year ago I had NO FOLLOWERS- none- zip- zero, not even my momma read it, eh,hem you get the picture. I was excited if I had one visitor and checked my stats often! Well, since then I have gained close to a thousand followers and I want to say thank you!

Yes, I SAID FREE ADVERTISING FOR YOUR Blog or Book no gimmick :))))

Are you new to our community? Advertise your blog in the comment section below this post.

I have been contemplating for awhile, a way to do something to celebrate my one year anniversary on WordPress, which was this past Saturday. I have gained a lot of faithful followers and I would like to give back and say Thank You. If you have a blog and want to brag about it below or a book that you have published, I want to hear about it. You can even leave a link to it in the comment section. However, if you leave more than one link per post WordPress may mark it as spam so try to limit it to one link. Feel free to comment more than once if you have several links to different books or blogs. I will be compiling a list for a future post and may pick your book or blog to advertise and promote.

If you have read a good book lately and want to share it with us please let us know. I am always looking for a good book to read 🙂

Happy Blogging

~~Neasha

1st, 2nd, or 3rd person? How are you writing your story?

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Writing 101 on YouTube

I think every author struggles with this at some point in their projects. This is s great short video by Cy Porter explaining 1st, 2nd and 3rd person.

Researching Scrivener…Do I embrace change or stay with familiarity?

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I know it is 2014!  Microsoft Word may be Sooo 1990’s but I know how to use that program and I don’t like change.  Change is one reason why have kept my prom dresses in a tub in my basement- In my mind I can still fit into them becasue I haven’t changed.  I dare you— say I have changed..  I didn’t think so.    With many projects and ideas floating around in the hallways of my mind like high schoolers causing destruction on Senior Prank Day, I need to get them out into the real world.  There has to be an easier way to keep all my writing projects grouped together – so my quest begins.  Or should I say began awhile ago.  I’ve been researching this thing called Scrivener($40) for my writing projects and even with all the reviews out there I am still on the fence.  I found a great video on YouTube by Johnny B. Truant that helped lay out  reasons to switch to Scrivener although I still can’t jump in with both feet.  Amazon has quite a few reviews on it as well that are helpful.  Susan Mallette the creater of the Keep WRITING  wrote a great piece about Scrivener that lays out what you should expect when you start using Scrivener. She also shared with me another product that I have since checked into today called Scapple ($14.99). It looks like a tangible hybrid of what goes on in a writers mind. You add your ideas to a board that you can drop and drag to Scrivener. You can read more about it at Goodreads. Even though I DO have the latest version of Microsoft Word I find it lacking in many areas.  I hate switching back and forth for my notes on a project, I can’t really break it up unless I create a whole new document but the truth is I am comfortable with it.  I know it and I like to think it knows me 🙂 we spend an awful lot of time together!  I can’t even figure out how to group my blog posts together by topic so my computer skills are lacking somewhat and I am afraid if I get Scrivener or Scapple I would botch it up because I am not tech savvy. 

I am still on my quest to find something easier and when I make my decsion I will post it on here. 

 

Do you have thoughts on different programs AND what do you use? 

 

 

Anyway, if you are a writer I hope this helps with which platform best suits your needs.  If you have suggestions please share!